Monday, October 24, 2011

I've Been Blocked.



Seriously, we are talking writer's block, exerciser's block, reader's block.  Hope to resolve these items soon...!


-S.H.M.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

As If I Needed Another Reason to Love Brooks!

It's no secret to people who know me, or read my blog- I love Brooks!  Recently, the company launched a new line of shoes known as PureProject, for the minimalist runner.  Recently, the company was out and about promoting this new line all over the country in a fun way; they were in big cities hiding out on frequently traveled running paths.  Once a day, they posted a clue on Facebook about where they were, and the first person to find them won a pair of PureProject shoes and a few apparel items.  Guess who was the first to find them in Chicago last week???



That's right, Ryan and I found the Brooks Guru and won a pair of PureProject shoes (and that water bottle that I am holding)!  We won by just a few minutes, as other disappointed runners showed up moments after us.  


The video they made, cracks me up.  I think I need to hone up on my video-marketing skills, but Ryan is a natural.




I haven't tried them out yet, but I'll let you know what I think when I do.  There are still a few more cities on their list- go find them!


-S.H.M.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It Takes a Village...

Meet my village:
Dan
His smile alone could convince you anything is possible.  He is my husband, best friend, training partner, domestique, just to name a few.  He pretty much rode every long ride with me, pushing the pace and reminding me to keep eating.  On more than one occasion, he gave me the push I needed to get out of bed.  When I was exhausted, he encouraged me to rest.  When I was hungry, he'd cook me food.  When I had knots in my legs, he kneaded them out.  Seriously, every ironman needs a Dan.


Mom
I actually tear up when I think of how integral my mom was in my training, right up until the end of the race.  Anyone who has kids knows, it is hard to find childcare that you don't question.  Well, we would wake up early on Saturdays, feed Ryan, and then push out for 100 mile rides week after week, and not worry for a moment.  Even better?  when we would return 7 hours later, she would thank me for letting her have him all to herself.  You can't put a price on that.  More importantly, on my doubtful days she would tell me how proud of me she was, and a simple, "you can do it, sweetie" would pull me out of my rut.  Thank you, Mom!


Heather
She is my most spirited fan.  My sister has always taught me never to settle.  When I told her I was going to do an ironman after having the baby all she said was, "that's awesome!"  That pretty much sums up her unyielding support.  She also happens to adore Ryan and has done more than her share of babysitting over the past year.  Let's not forget my wetsuit folley [read on]...she looked me in the eyes and said, "don't worry about it, you're going to have your wetsuit." Oh, and she watched the whole race, on crutches.


Dad
The man behind the scenes.  My mom's wingman when it comes to watching the baby.  Also, at least one night a week, he took me out to dinner and always encouraged me to order steak.  After, he would follow-up with, "did you get enough, dear?"  He has told me my whole life that he is my number one fan, and there has never been a day that I questioned that.  He was willing to drop everything to get me my wetsuit.  I love you, Dad.


Anna
My great friend from Miami who signed up with me for IMooo.  Although, she lives in Miami and we were not able to train together, we chatted a lot and motivated one another from afar.  This was her first Ironman and she kicked ass.  Would you believe that we finished within 1 minute of each other???  She truly is a kindred spirit, and I wish she would just move to Chicago already!


Ryan
It is hard to even try and convey what this little guy means to me, and how he motivates me to be better without even realizing it.  The way he lights up when I come into the room, makes me wonder if he isn't my biggest fan...He was training all summer to be the best littlest spectator there is.  More cow-bell!


There are so many more people that helped me out over the past year, and I hope everyone realizes how grateful I was/am.


Thank you!


If you can't read the clock, it took me 12 hours and 44 minutes.  This was 3 minutes slower than when I did the same race 2 years ago; just a couple of months before I found out was shocked that I was pregnant.  I guess, I can say very confidently, not much has changed since baby : )

I am not going to bore you with every detail of the race, but I will give you a quick re-cap:
Swim:  For the first time, I wasn't freaking out before the swim.  I knew I could do the distance, and I was just happy to have my wetsuit!  [Quick side-story: At 5pm the evening before, I realized I had left my wetsuit at my parent's house...3 hours away-oops.  My sister and Dad met halfway between Chicago and Madison to make the exchange at a gas station outside of Rockford.]  Back to the race.  Right before the race started, Anna and I exchanged a hug and wished each other well.  The gun went off, my goggles got knocked around a few times, and before I knew it, 2.4 miles was over!  It took me 1 hr 23 minutes, a good-enough time for me.
Bike:  Awesome.  That's all I can really say about it.  I felt strong and fast the whole way.  Sure, the hills got tough, but it was a picturesque day for riding.  I checked my watch, I was coming in at 6 hrs 20 mins and I was excited to start the marathon.  I got a little ahead of myself and started to calculate a 12 hour finishing time.  Like I said, I felt awesome...until I climbed off my bike.  As soon as I raised my left leg over my seat, my whole leg (hamstring + calf) cramped. I nearly collapsed because it came on so quickly and I did not feel it coming.  I hobbled into the transition area.
Run:  After taking a seat in the transition area, my leg stopped cramping and my spirits perked back up.  I thought, "OK, I can do this."  For the first few miles, I thought I had bounced back from my cramp and that would be it.  Unfortunately, that was not the case.  I struggled with leg cramps for the remaining 22 miles.  The good news, was that I felt great and did not feel low on energy.   I managed to come up with a fast walk that allowed me to keep going without aggravating my leg.  As I mentioned, my energy was high, and I managed to walk 11-12 minute miles, a "scoot"  some called it.  When I got to mile 25, I knew I was close so I ran the last mile in.  


I did it.  Mission accomplished.

So it wasn't exactly the 12 hour time I envisioned at the end of the bike, but I was happy.  I may have been the one scooting to the finish line, but there is no way I would have made it that far without my village.


Watch the finish!
http://www.asiorders.com/view_user_event_video.asp?S=20&EVENTID=75734&BIB=305&DIVISION=&TEAM=

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ten Tips for New Runners

Just a little list I came up with for work:


1. Set a goal. Whether you are a seasoned runner, an occasional jogger, or still in a comtemplative place...you might feel like you are stuck in a rut; pick a race to keep you motivated.  Choose to set a personal best at a familiar distance, or challenge yourself by trying a new longer distance.  

2.  FInd the right pair of shoes.  Unfortunately, this process resembles more of a trial-and-error approach than a seamless formula.  The most efficient (not to mention cost-effective) way to do this, is to find a reputable running store with knowledgeable staff.  Do not buy any shoes until you have tested them out on a treadmill in the store, or at the very least, taken a few laps around the store. The more you try the better.  Once you have found the right pair, stick with what works!


3. Make it social.  Recruit a friend, or join a local running club; accountability,  collectivity, and comraderie are just a few of the benefits of running with others.

4.  Choose quality over quantity...every time!  There is nothing more frustrating than getting really excited about a new form of exercise, and then being sidelined with an injury.  If you are starting from a sedentary state, start gradually and be sure to pick an event that will give you ample time to bring your mileage up safely. Use shorter runs as an opportunity to work on form and footwork. Stay focused, train for your goal and remember not to go out and do too much too fast.


5. Stay hydrated.  Remember to drink plenty of water and/or electrolyte replacement drinks before, during, and after your runs.  Did you know that a 2% decrease in your body's hydration status causes significant performance decrements?  Additionally, staying hydrated can help you avoid unwanted illnesses and injuries.


6. Recover!  After high intensity track workouts and long distance runs, give your body a chance to rest and recover the next day.  Contrary to popular belief, it is the time after a hard workout that really counts; this is when your body can absorb your hard efforts, rebuild itself, and ultimately get stronger.  Use these recovery days to eat well, rest, and/or cross train.

7.  Don't ignore the core.  Incorporating strength work that targets your core can be more valuable than just adding another ho-hum run to your week.  Simple body weight exercises that focus on your abdomen, lower back, glutes, and hip-flexors can go a long way for a runner.  This will translate into better running posture, form, speed, and even flexibility.

8. Keep things loose.  Stretching, foam rolling, and hydrotherapy are all great ways to keep your muscles lose, working in their optimal range of motion, and most importantly, fending off injury.  Remember, always warm-up before stretching!


9.  Do what you can.  On those days when it seems almost impossible to get out for a run, choose a workout that you love...or at least enjoy more than others.  Whether it is intervals, hill-repeats, or a classic tempo run, get out there and do something- you'll feel awesome when its over.


10. Keep track.  Use a journal, log, or spreadsheet to keep your running program focused and progressing.  Being able to look back at where you started, and how far (literally) you have come, is a great motivational tool.  Most importantly, this can help you tailor your workouts and set realistic goals.
   
Happy Running!


-S.H.M.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Iron Money Pit



So race weekend is upon us, (I will write more about that later) and I am packing my bags to head up to Madison.  As I was making my list and stuffing things in my suitcase, I started to make a mental count of how much money goes into this hobby of mine.  An article I read in May, states that the average Ironman competitor earns an annual salary of $161,000...!  Trying to put it tactfully, I will just say my annual income as an exercise physiologist/trainer/stay-at-home-mom places me well below the mean, an outlier if you will.  


Here are a few ways I have managed to stay involved in a sport that I love without breaking the bank.  


Race Registration
-You can't really avoid this one.  These things are expensive, so start saving up beforehand.  Ideally, you can do a handful of races in preparation for the big one, but this can also add up fast.  Choose just a couple of races at distances you know you need to practice, or favorites you hate to miss.  Give up the rest, at least for this season.


Apparel
-Look in-store, but shop online.  Look around for what it is that you need, try it on, figure out your size and then scoot home to your computer to embark on a search. This can be annoying, and certainly more time-consuming, but there are SO many great deals out there, especially if you don't mind last season's stuff.  These are a few go-to sites of mine:
    sportsbasement.com 
    nashbar.com
    amazon.com (duh).
*Bonus tip- before placing order, do an additional search for promo codes!


Gear
With 3 disciplines, there is no easy way around this...Again, the internet can be a huge money-saver if you are willing to put in a little work.  The disappointing reality is that you may just have to settle for good-enough, instead of that aero-helmet, or race wheel-set you pine over.


Bikes: 
-Search craigslist, ebay, and contact bike stores to ask what bikes they are trying to clear out.  I got an outstanding deal on my tri bike by deciding which frame I wanted and then just calling up stores.  Even if you don't know a lot about bikes, act like you do- you will get a much more honest price.  
- Learn some bike maintenance 101.  Learning how your gears work, how to clean + lube your chain, change out tires, and handle bar taping are simple ways to avoid a trip (and payment) to a bike store.
-Stock up!  When you see a sale on basics that you may not need immediately, i.e. tires, handle bar tape, tubes, CO2 cartridges, buy them!  You will use these eventually, not to mention the convenience of having these on-hand when you want them.  
-Spread-it-out:  If you are not able to buy a new bike or make all the upgrades you want at once, prioritize.  New handle bars this season, maybe new wheels next.  


Food
This may sound funny, but anyone who has trained for an endurance event, knows the trial and error methodology that goes into finding what you can eat while training/racing...and what you can't.  Not to mention, when you are burning over 3500 calories a day the grocery bill can get pretty large.  I don't need to tell anyone how to save money at the grocery store,  but these training specific cost-cutters have saved us $100s this season.  
- Energy bars/gels are great at doing what they do- providing energy.  However, 100 mile rides and long runs over the course of a season, require lots of these items.  Lots.  My replacement for energy bars?  Bagels with peanut butter (honey optional).  Without going into the nitty-gritty, you can create the same suggested amount of carbohydrates, total calories, electrolytes etc. etc., in your own kitchen.  Just cut them up and package however suits your needs.  
- Making your own gel is not quite as simple, but can be fun to try and figure out.  I am not sure where Dan found the recipe, but after a few rounds we (really, he) had gu-success!  We just keep it in the jug on the left and pour into a gu container (that holds up to 4 gus) for our runs.  
Recovery
-If ready-made recovery drinks are in your budget- great!  If not, make your own- are you starting to see  a pattern???  Yogurt, chocolate milk, and smoothies are great options; just make sure it contains protein and carbs.  Vitamin C has also been reported to assist in recovery.  More than what you eat, when you eat is most important.  Ideally, eat some sort of recovery food within 20 minutes post-workout.
-Use that foam roller!  Rolling regularly can have the same benefits of massage, but for a one-time purchase price of $20-30.  


When training for an Ironman, the sky's the limit in terms of spending money.  Not all of our bank accounts reach that high, but that doesn't mean we can't participate!


Now, back to packing...


-S.H.M.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

P.S.

Ryan turning one, means I need to be ready for an Ironman...

-S.H.M.

1 Year!

On Monday, we celebrated Ryan's first birthday!  We woke up early, thanks to the bright sunlight beaming through the windows of our new apartment, and headed out in the Coupe.  The Cozy Coupe was Ryan's birthday present...that we gave to him 2 months ago.  Let's be real here, living in Chicago means our nice weather days are numbered;  In order to maximize time spent outside with Ryan's new wheels, we gave it to him really early and he has been cruising the town ever since.
We then went to the playground where Ryan tried out the slide and demonstrated his new climbing skills.
Unfortunately, there is no picture to document the moment later on that day, where I turned around to find Ryan standing on top of one of the many boxes in our living room, arms stretched out like he was surfing whilst holding a remote in one hand.  It is now very frightening how able-bodied he is when it comes to scaling boxes.  Thank goodness the ER is just 2 blocks away.


The day was pretty much uneventful, as we are planning a birthday dinner for a later date, but I didn't miss one chance to squeeze and love on him and marvel at what a little boy he has become.


Here is a brief overview of our last year:


~Ryan gained 13 lbs.. I lost 40 lbs.
~Ryan is crawling, climbing, and cruising everywhere.  I have biked over 1000 miles, and recently made it through an 18 mile run feeling great.
~ Ryan grew 10-12 teeth.   I grew some cavities- damn.
~ Ryan graduated from baby food, to finger food, to "real" food.  You name it, he eats it.  I am essentially eating baby food, relying heavily on shakes, smoothies, and gu for my sustenance.
~ Ryan has gone from a bottle to a cup.  I have gone from a B cup to a C cup and down to an A cup.
~ Ryan worked out most of his nap issues and now takes 2 solid naps a day.  I feel like I could take 2 naps every day.
~ Ryan has bright blue eyes, just like his dad.  I only have eyes for his dad ;)
~ Ryan never stops talking, but only says one decipherable word: dog.  I love this little guy more than words...
~ Ryan is a happy, goofy, determined, adventurous, loving little guy.  I am his strong, happy mom.




Happy 1st Birthday, Little Chunkerson!


-S.H.M.

Friday, August 5, 2011

My Bags are packed, I'm Ready to go...

...but I am not heading anywhere on a jet plane, at least not this weekend.  Nope. Instead, Dan and I are heading out on a mini bik-ation.  Ryan is going to spend some quality time with GG and Grandpa Todd, and Dan and I are setting out on a 4 day bike trip.

Our itinerary?

Day one: Northrook, IL to Lake Geneva, WI
Day two: Lake Geneva, WI to Madison, WI
Day three: Madison, WI to Lake Geneva, WI
Day four: Lake Geneva, WI to Northbrook, IL

It has been a while since we last went on an extended bike trip; check out some pics from our Miami to Key West (and back) adventure!
 Some bridge between some keys.

Key Largo, FL

But, we always seem to be biking somewhere...
 Here is us thinking we are SO funny in Alaska.

Standard over-the-shoulder-shot in Alaska.

We also biked all around Quebec on our honeymoon.
 
Can you find me amidst the awesomeness of the Rocky Mountains?

Biking brought us together, and I really think it helps keep us together.  On our long rides, we crack jokes, make plans, and troubleshoot the week's challenges.  BBF.



Here's to a great Bik-ation!

-S.H.M.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Inner Quitter

Last week, I was reading my Runner's World when I came across the term, "Inner Quitter."  The moment I read it, I felt relief- I'm not the only one!  


Of course, I am not self-centered enough to think that I am the only one that has tough days; but I have at times wondered if other people go through the same inner dialogue weighing out the reasons to train or not to train.  Honestly, these battling personas of mine can feel like the Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde of triathlon training.  Sometimes these conversations take place  on the couch beforehand, but these days, they can pop up around mile 10 of a long, hot run.  Most recently, I was riding my bike from Chicago to Milwaukee when my bike partner called it a day in Racine.  For those of you who are not familiar with the midwest, Racine in just north of the Wisconsin border and from what I saw, there is not much going on there.  My friend called his wife in Milwaukee to come get him, and I had to head back south to reach my goal of riding 100+ miles...all by my lonesome.  Yes, I will take some cheese curds with my wine.  Big thanks to my super sister and darling Dan who met me in Zion, IL to drive me the rest of the way home.   


Here is a typical list of reasons I can come up with not to do my workout.
   -I'm tired.
   -I haven't eaten...
   -I just ate.
   -I have to bring Ryan with me.
   -It's really hot.
   -It's raining.  I hate being wet.
   -I'm tired.
   -I don't want to swim.  I hate being wet.
   -Dan just got home, I want to hang out with him.
   -I want to hang out with friends.
   -I'm tired.

Here is what I come up with to talk myself back into a workout.
   -I always feel great afterwards- hello, endorphins!
   -Baby break!
   -I am determined to reach my goal.  You can sandbag it for a 5k or sprint tri, but that    won't cut it for IM.
   -It will hurt less in Madison.
   -I picture Dan and Ryan waiting for me at the finish line.  Sheesh, I just teared up typing that...!


All of us have an inner quitter (minus Dan), and somedays this personality is bigger than others.  Some days this personality wins. Let's hope that's not the case on September 11th!

-S.H.M.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bento Boxes for Babies?



This is a fun idea (potentially too much work??), and after some of the conversations I have had with other moms about packing lunches for kids, I thought some of you would enjoy it too.  Check out this new lunchbox trend captured by Wendolonia. I haven't had to pack a lunch for Ryan yet, but maybe by dressing it up a little like this, it will lessen the likelihood of him being made fun of while he chomps on carrots and hummus.  I guess I should start practicing my technique...!


-S.H.M.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Iron Update: Weekend Tally

1.9 miles swum.
101 miles biked.
16 miles run.


Hello, Rest Week!


-S.H.M.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Honey Buns!

No, this is not a moniker for Dan...Actually, it is the name of this tasty treat I find myself eating ALL the time these days.  It could not be simpler; low cost, low effort, and low calorie.


First, toast up some delicious Trader Joe's 7-grain Sprouted Wheat Bread (60 calories per slice), or any healthy bread of your choice)*.  
  
Next, drizzle with honey. No sharing with babies under 1 year of age- can you say, "botulism?"  FYI, 1 tbsp contains about 60 calories.  


Top with cinnamon...and enjoy!
*Butter is optional.


-S.H.M.









Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Staying Cool

Oh my word, it is H-O-T outside!  As a former Miami resident, heat is a (dear) old friend of mine, but we didn't always get along.  I had to come up with a formula in order to stay active during the summer months and not totally wilt.  Here is my recipe, from top to bottom for running in the heat...and humidity!


Step one: Set the alarm early!  When running a long distance, sneaking in a few miles before sunrise will keep you moving better for longer and help to maintain hydration.  Lucky for me, Ryan usually wakes me up before the alarm clock has a chance too ; )
Step two: Pick a route that is shaded (as much as possible) and well-supported with water fountains.  
Step three: Bring along some means to carry water on you as well.  I use these small 10 oz bottles so I can sip as I go and fill them up as needed.  I make it a rule, to never let my bottle go dry.  Personally, I don't like things on my hips so I don't use a Fuel Belt, so carrying this small bottle, assuming I am able to refill it, is a good alternative.  Another option is dropping water bottles along your route beforehand.  


Ingredients


Hat or visor of choice to keep your face shaded and protected from the sun.


 Well-fitting sunglasses with UV protection.
Shirt (optional).  Choose something lightweight, breathable, and sleeveless.
Shorts. Again, lightweight, breathable and functional.  These Brooks HVAC Synergy shorts are my new favorite.  They are short, but not too short, they don't flap in the wind, and they have 3 mini pockets that I fill with all of my running essentials including: electrolyte tablets, gu, mp3 player (held in ziploc baggy for moisture protection), bus card, ID, emergency contact info, keys, and some money.  Yes, I actually bring all of these items on my long runs- I guess that is why I love these shorts!  BONUS: they have reflectors  that are great for early morning or late evenings.
Cool, non-cotton socks.  I am still on the hunt for my perfect socks...I have a few contenders, but am still narrowing it down.  TBA. 


Tip: Whether you are grooming yourself, or getting a pedicure, don't sand down all of your calluses;  with all the excess perspiration, you want as much protection against blisters as possible. 


Great shoes. 
Stick with what works...I guess, at least one of these pairs can be tossed!
Step four: Drizzle with sunscreen and get ready to cook!


-S.H.M.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Love at first roll?

Truth be told, love was NOT what I felt the first time my flesh met the foam roller. Agony was more like it.


Despite the pain, I continued rolling and pretty much haven't stopped.  That was 7 years ago!  I don't think it is a coincidence that I have piled on a lot of miles in the last 7 years and have managed to stay injury-free.


What is a foam roller?  


The name says it all; a foam roller is a cylindrical piece of foam 6 inches in diameter and 36 inches (they do have a shorter travel size, too) long.  Foam rollers are used to knead muscles and myofascial tissue, and in turn lengthen (read more about autogenic inhibition here) them to reduce strain on these tissues, as well as joints.  Most commonly, foam rollers are used to treat Iliotibial Band pain, or knee & hip pain derived from the ITB in endurance athletes such as runners and cyclists.  Repeated movement can cause adhesions of the myofascial tissue that can not be healed by stretching alone.   Additionally, foam rollers can be used to alleviate muscle tightness; quadriceps, hamstrings, gastrocnemius,  and latissimus dorsi, to name a few.  


Is there a difference between foam rollers (white vs. blue vs. black)?  


Yes!  Rather than sort by color, though, check the type of foam from which it was constructed.  


Types of Foam Rollers:
1. White, AKA low density foam roller.
2. Blue, AKA EVA foam roller.
3. Black, AKA Molded foam roller.


When using or buying a FR, look for the most dense and compact foam that you can find.  These will create greater pressure and last longer than the softer versions.  In my experience, more expensive (ahem, black FR) actually is better. If you are new to rolling, you may want to start with lower density foam and work your way up.  There is no delicate way to say this- foam rolling is painful.  Sorry.  If torn about spending the money, just think of the money you will save by not needing to go get a massage.  You can tip me later.  


When should I roll?  


Whenever you can! Rolling before and after workouts, as well as on rest days, will help you to recover better, maintain greater range of motion, and stave off injury.  There is no steadfast rule for how long you should roll, so use your best judgement and body awareness.  When you feel the transition from tender to supple, this is a good indicator of rolling success.  For beginner rollers, this transition may be difficult to detect and/or achieve initially, but be patient, relief will come!  High frequency and symmetry are the most important tenets of any rolling routine- always roll both sides! 


How do I use a Foam Roller?


FR's rely on simple system of body weight + gravity to apply pressure to problem areas.  As a result, the control is all yours and dependent on the pressure you wish to apply.  Keys to successful rolling include:


1. Stay relaxed.  Flaccid muscles will allow for optimal lengthening of tissues.  Expect pain, but continue to stay relaxed- do not contract the targeted tissue.  This will take a great deal of conscious effort, but is necessary for lengthening to occur.
2. Roll through the entire targeted area, stopping to focus on troublesome knots, or adhesions.  Imagine the roller is a rolling pin and your tissue is the dough.  Try to avoid boney areas.
3. Don't wait until you have an ache or pain to roll; roll regularly to stay injury-free. 


ITB Rolling
Quad Rolling
Glute Rolling





To roll, or not to roll? There is no question!


-S.H.M.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Iron Update

So...it has been slow-going, but I am happy to say that I am on my way to Ironman Wisconsin.  I'll be honest, there have been a lot of ups and downs in the past 6 months, lots of wavering on whether or not I can do this.  That is probably why I haven't written much about it...  


Today (ask me again tomorrow), I feel more confident and think I am in a good spot.  I will not go over the top and say that I am in the best spot that I could be, but I am getting there.  


Over the weekend, I completed some great workouts including an 80 mile bike ride with Dan and my sister, and a 13 mile run with Brandon Flowers. 




I felt just like the chick in his video.

Today, I am feeling something I haven't felt in a long time- I am beat! 


This is a good thing, though.  I mean beat in the greatest sense of the word.  Worked.  Exhausted.  Accomplished?  


I remember feeling this way walking into work on Monday mornings after a weekend of long hot miles in the Miami sun.  I would be tired, but always happy that I had finished some tough workouts.  I feel the same way today, and I love it.  


It feels SO good to be getting back to a level of fitness that seemed so unattainable during pregnancy.  I don't say things like this very often, but I am proud of myself.  I have worked hard to get back here.


Happy Fourth!


-S.H.M.
   

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Food for Thought.

Healthy eating and food are always hot topics in our house; between Dan's profession and mine, we are always discussing good foods and more importantly, good food habits.  Enter Ryan, our helpless, impressionable 10 month old.  A guinea pig,  really.  

So far, we have been basking in our success- a baby that will eat anything. ANYTHING. For this reason, we have been even more "strict" about what we actually feed him.  We figure he will learn about high-fructose corn syrup and processed foods one day, but for now, we are are trying our best to keep it all-nat-ur-el.  


These are some of Ryan's favorite foods.
Scrambled Eggs
Raspberries
Soybeans and Spices
Corn (preferably on the cob)

Other undocumented favorites include: black olives, avocados, and mangos. 

Our approach: We want Ryan to eat what we eat.  

However, the other day, all I wanted was an Oreo milkshake.  Thank heavens, our stroller is forward-facing! I was able to secretly indulge in my milkshake without Ryan looking at me with eyes that say, "Can I have a bite, please?"

I guess it is more appropriate to say, we want Ryan to eat what he sees us eating. 

My bad.

-S.H.M.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Three Years Ago...


This is what I was doing on the morning of our wedding.  Yep, that's me in the middle decked out in white, including my mom's vintage veil, flanked by soon-to-be-husband and best friends. 
Dan and I decided that a great way to start the start the rest of our lives together (collective, "awwww...") was a wedding morning 5k run.  
Along with the wedding invitations, we sent out invites for the race.  Word got around town and some additional friends of friends showed up for the spirited event, including the town newspaper.  We had envisioned friends dressed up in old bridesmaid dresses, but thanks to my friend Mo's costume trunk, let's just say nobody got away with running in just sneakers and shorts.  



It was tons of fun! All of our out of town friends/family got to meet one another, but mostly it was a great testament of our values as a couple; health, happiness, and lots of laughter.  


Happy Anniversary, Dan!  You are (and always will be) my Favorite : )


-S.H.M.